Psych, folk & pianos – This week in BBC Music

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This week

AlunaGeorge in the Live Lounge

AlunaGeorge in the Live Lounge

AlunaGeorge were in the Live Lounge for Trevor Nelson doing Your Drums, Your Love and a killer cover of Montell Jordan‘s This is How We Do it. Yes, you just read that right!

If you click through, you’ll see that clip is part of BBC Music’s Showcase, which lets you surf around genres and collections of the best music from around the BBC. You can spend a lot of time this way, we’ve found.

Kate Rusby sang live at the BBC Radio Theatre in London, doing songs from her new album, 20, which features classic songs from her 20-year folk career re-recorded with some of her favourite collaborators. So really this concert was something of a greatest hits performance, beguilingly spruced up with the likes of Nic Jones, Eddi Reader and Sarah Jarosz.

On Christmas Eve, 1955, The Weavers put on a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City that has gone down as one of the seminal moments in the re-awakening of the American folk music movement. Songs you know, like Goodnight, Irene, might have been lost to the mists of time if not for this single night of music, coming after years in the wilderness for The Weavers, who had been blacklisted by anti-Communist ideologues. Here, Pete Seeger and the surviving Weavers talk about putting on that show, and what it meant.

One of the cool things about iPlayer is that you can watch shows that were never broadcast to your TV to begin with. Sure, this BBC One documentary on Welsh composer Karl Jenkins has a natural appeal in Cymru, but Jenkins’ music is played all over the British Isles and this documentary is a fascinating portrait of the man.

Coming up

Django Django

Django Django

As the US Presidential race heads into the final stretch, many eyes will be on Wisconsin, one of the few “swing states” that could decide the election. Tim Rice’s American Pie listens, rather than looks, at this little-known part of America on Sunday 21 Oct at 7pm (BST), part of Rice’s titanic tour of the curiosities and classics of the American songbook, state by state, on Radio 2.

Starting Monday at 9am, Radio 1 Rocks all week long! There’ll be Live Lounge appearances from Biffy Clyro, You Me at Six, Bullet for My Valentine and The Gaslight Anthem, and all sorts of exclusive stuff in the evenings with Zane Lowe and Daniel P. Carter.

If you’ve never listened to Radio 3’s Piano Keys, it’s a bit like the Gardener’s Question Time of music programming. Listeners phone in with their questions about the piano, and a handful of genial experts attempt to answer them. This Monday 22 Oct it’s on at 8:10pm (BST), presented by Sarah Walker.

Fresh off a tour of North America, psych rockers Django Django are live in session for 6 Music’s Marc Riley on Tuesday 23 Oct at 7pm (BST), back in their London stomping grounds for a minute before heading off on a trip across Europe.

Out next week

We have reviews of records coming out by A Plastic Rose, Andy Burrows, Egyptian Hip Hop, Halls, Karriem Riggins, Lukid, Main Attrakionz, Martha Tilston, Paul Banks, Peter Broderick, Peter Gabriel, Stone Sour and We Are the Physics.

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